Karnataka’s Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has instructed all relevant state departments to organize pediatric camps throughout Karnataka due to concerns that children will be at increased risk in the next third wave of Covid19.
The prime minister who is visiting the district headquarters city in Dakshina Kannada district (bordering Kerala) also told reporters that the government plans to launch a new program for children.
We have started the ‘Vatsalya’ scheme in Udupi and neighbouring areas, under which children will undergo all the (health) tests. It also includes setting up paediatric health centres. Once I reach Bengaluru, we will start it across the state,” he said. Explaining, he said there will be ICU wards in paediatric centres in the district and 100-bed Taluk hospitals.
According to official data, of the total number of children infected by the coronavirus in Bangalore, 106 are under 9 years old and 136 are between 9 and 19 years old. Bangalore’s health department has warned that the number of childhood infections may increase in the coming days.